1 aThe elder to the bchosen clady and her children, whom I dlove in truth; and not only I, but also all who eknow the truth, 2 for athe sake of the truth which abides bin us and will be cwith us forever: 3 aGrace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 4 aI was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. 5 Now I ask you, lady, anot as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had afrom the beginning, that we blove one another. 6 And athis is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, bjust as you have heard cfrom the beginning, that you should walk in it. 7 For amany deceivers have bgone out into the world, those who cdo not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is athe deceiver and the dantichrist. 8 aWatch yourselves, bthat you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and adoes not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, ado not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting aparticipates in his evil deeds. 12 aThough I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, so that your bjoy may be made full. 13 The children of your achosen sister greet you.